Cody Hammer

Cherokee Nation and of Muscogee Creek Descent

Born 1990, Tahlequah, Oklahoma

I am an Indigenous man raising three (soon to be four) Indigenous girls with my wife who is a member of the Osage nation and Cheyenne and Arapaho tribe of Oklahoma. I have been practicing photography for over four years. Photography was a profession and passion I never meant to be a part of. Since I started photography I have enjoyed and discovered more about myself than I expected. I have covered everything from tribal politics to life changing movements such as MMIW and MMIWR. These are movements and causes I have become a part of due to my my daughters, wife, and Indigenous relatives affected by this epidemic. My work has taken me all over the country including California, Texas, and Minnesota. Photography has become a big and positive part of my life and my family's life. Capturing memorable moments and sharing a message is where my true passion lies.

This is my wife, Mary Hammer. The meaning of the photo is to show the duality of Indigeous People and how we continue to live culturally to this day. The photo was taken in my home in Skiatook, Oklahoma, on March 14, 2021.